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Fort Bragg soldier killed in training exercise at Louisiana base

Posted April 18, 2015

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— A 19-year-old soldier stationed at Fort Bragg died Thursday during a training exercise at a base in Louisiana, base officials announced Saturday.

Pv. Joshua D. Phillips, of Las Vegas, was participating in a training at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk when he was killed. The death is under investigation, Fort Bragg officials said.

Phillips, who was assigned to Alpha Company, 37th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, joined the Army in August 2014.

"The entire battalion was shocked to hear the tragic news of Pvt. Phillips' death," Lt. Col. Andrew Liffring, 37th Eng. Bn. commander, said in a statement. "Since his arrival a couple of month ago, Josh made an immediate impact in Alpha company and in the battalion. He showed so much potential at such a young age and will be sorely missed. Our depest condolences remain with his Family and friends during this time of great loss."

Phillips completed one-station unit training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and the Basic Airborne Course at Fort Benning, Georgia. Phillips then reported to the 82nd Abn. Div., where he was assigned to the 2nd BCT in February 2015.

His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Parachutist Badge.

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